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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The ninth annual Beggs Car Show was held Saturday at First Baptist Church South, with participants coming from all over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri, with entries ranging from a 1928 Ford Model A to brand-new Corvettes and Camaros, and everything in between – pickups, coupes and convertibles included.

For Kellyville resident Don Kuehn, restoring his 1966 Ford Mustang was a labor of love.

“I redid the upholstery covering on my living room floor,”said Kuehn.

Kuehn restored the car as a retirement project about seven years ago, and he estimated this was his fifth time attending this specific show. “I like the people here.”

Barbecue, fried catfish and roasted corn was available for hungry attendees.

Trophies were awarded to the top fifty cars entered, as well as the top five motorcycles. There were eleven specialty awards given out as well.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:02

Creek Nation interns go through orientation

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

For the college students and recent graduates in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s College Work Experience internship program, they have the opportunity to get full-time work experience in their field of study over the summer while being paid through a tribal grant.

There are around a dozen participants this summer, nine of whom attended an orientation session Monday at the Department of Education and Training on the MCN campus. Workforce Development Coordinator Jessina McBee outlined the guidelines and expectations for the program, which in addition to workplace performance, includes volunteering at the upcoming Muscogee Creek Festival and visiting important sites of Creek culture and history.

Oklahoma State seniors Jacob Swarer, mechanical engineering major, and Easton Rogers, hotel and restaurant administration major, aren’t sure exactly what they would hope to be doing job-wise once they graduate, but they have dream jobs identified. ”I’d like to work at a car company, I think that’d be fun,”

Swarer said, while Rogers isn’t exactly sure what she would enjoy, she thinks she would “like to open maybe a restaurant, a café, something small.” For the duration of the CWE program, Swarer is working at a small manufacturing company in Tulsa, while Rogers is working at a water park in Eufaula. Roughly half the participants are working for the tribe in some capacity.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The members of the Okmulgee High School baseball team won the Oklahoma State Secondary Activities Association’s Class 3A academic state championship this season, as the Bulldogs compiled a 3.74 overall GPA for this semester, according to VYPE Magazine. For this achievement, they were honored at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

Team members included Riley Alexander, Kalem Baker, Jacob Barrett, Marquise Coleman, Cameron Colquitt, William Cook, Eric Dan, Paul Gallup, Frank Harley, Brayden Hunter, Trenton LeGrand, River Lansdale, Armon O’Brien, Kris Reed, Tyler Robol, Eli White and Sammy Wiemer.

The head coach is David Dunlap, and his assistants are Scott Bevan, Shane Bevan, Josh McGovran and Rod Wiemer.

Multi-platinum country artist Lee Ann Womack will be headlining the musical talent June 23-24 at this year’s Muscogee Creek Nation Festival, performing at 9 p.m. Friday night.

Womack, known for her songs “Blame It On Me,” “I Hope You Dance,” “I’ll Think of a Reason Later” and “The Wrong Girl,” has released seven albums: her self-titled debut in 1997, “Some Things I Know” (1998), “I Hope You Dance” (2000), “Something Worth Leaving Behind” (2002), Christmas album “The Season for Romance” (2002), “There’s More Where That Came From” (2005), “Call Me Crazy” (2008) and “The Way I’m Livin’” (2008). Womack has won six CMA Awards, five ACM Awards, an AMA Award and a Grammy throughout her career.LeeAnnW

The rock band Delta Rae will be performing at 7 p.m. on Friday, they have released two albums: “Carry the Fire” (2012) and “After It All” (2015).

Multi-platinum blues rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be performing Saturday night at 9 p.m. Shepherd has released eight albums since 1995: “Ledbetter Heights” (1995), “Trouble Is” (1997), “Live On” (1999), “The Place You’re In” (2004), “10 Days Out” (2007), “How I Go” (2011), “Goin’ Home” (2014) and “Lay It On Down” (2017).

Johnny Lang will be performing Saturday night at 7 p.m.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

There’s something going on in Okmulgee every week or two recently, according to Mayor Steve Baldridge. Following right on the heels of the Pecan Festival and the upcoming Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival, the City of Okmulgee is putting on their seventh annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, in Municipal Park, located by the YMCA.

The free celebration opens at 7 p.m. while the fireworks show, synchronized to music under the supervision and orchestration of certified pyrotechnician Ken Anderson, will begin around 9:30 p.m.

Besides the actual fireworks show itself, other attractions will be live music, a water slide, bounce houses, face painting, sand art, a petting zoo and a circus train. “It’s just a great event for the community, and it’s all free,” Mayor Baldridge said. “Hopefully the weather will cooperate.”

Hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones will be provided, and there will be an available shuttle service from the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Last year an estimated crowd of 2,000 attended the event, “and that’s not counting everyone who watched it from their yards,” Baldridge added, estimating around 1,500 hot dogs were given away.

“It’s just gotten better and better over the years, and the community’s been really great to support it.”


By Wesley Coburn - ONN

This Friday night, June 16, there will be a meeting for prospective volunteers with the Okmulgee Junior Football Association at Dunbar Elementary at 6:30 p.m. They are requesting caring, dedicated, hard-working and dependable volunteers for their 28th season.

Registration for this fall’s football and cheerleading will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Okmulgee Middle School.

Founded in 1990, the goal of OJFA is to “teach the FUNdamentals of football, cheerleading and sportsmanship,” in addition to ensuring participants “know the importance of teamwork, goal-setting, and persevering to overcome life’s obstacles in a caring and supportive atmosphere.”

For more information, call Ronnie Jones at 918-756-7683 or Collis Jones at 918-758-0860.


Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:27

Car show in Beggs this Saturday

car showBy Wesley Coburn - ONN

The 9th annual Beggs Car Show will be held this Saturday, June 17, at First Baptist Church South, three miles off Highway 75 on Highway 16.

The entry fee is $20 per vehicle, registration begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. Trophies will be handed out to the top 50 cars and trucks, as well as the top 5 motorcycles. In addition, 11 special awards will be given as well. These trophies will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

The event is free to the viewing public, and an open mic of Christian songs will be available. If performing, bring the CD of the music along from home.

BBQ, fried fish, desserts and other refreshments will be available. 


Attention, Morris Eagles from the Class of 1977! There will be a 40-year reunion held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Silverado Steakhouse at the Tulsa RV Ranch, located at 2548 Highway 75 in Beggs.

If you are attending, please RSVP by Saturday, July 1, to Darryl Raley at 918-812-8556 or Tim Kirk at 918-733-4816.

“We graduated May 21, 1977, and so I got with the president of the class and said, ‘Let’s get something going,’ and so we started on it,” Raley said. “We’re expecting at least forty or so to show up.”

The steakhouse menu includes items such as steaks, seafood, frog legs, burgers, ribs and chicken fried steak. Entrees come with ciabatta bread and two sides.

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, it’s almost time for many Okmulgee residents to begin their firework purchases. But in order to set those fireworks off legally, they will first need to purchase a permit in City Hall’s Community Development Department, which is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 12-1 p.m. lunch break.

The permits cost $20, and they must be paid for by 4 p.m. on July 3. The permits are valid for the days of July 3-5.

If residents shoot off fireworks without a permit, they may be fined.


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